Courtesy Photo, Des Moines Police

Courtesy Photo, Des Moines Police

Rocks thrown through windows at 16 Des Moines businesses

Man arrested for reportedly tossing large rocks through restaurant, bar, bank, grocery store windows

A 57-year-old man faces potential first-degree malicious mischief charges after he reportedly threw rocks that broke windows at as many as 16 Des Moines businesses, including eight windows at the popular Anthony’s Homeport Restaurant.

At about 10:17 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, Des Moines Police responded to a report of a large rock thrown through an exterior window at Anthony’s, 421 S 227th St., on the waterfront, according to first appearance court documents.

At about 3:55 a.m. Thursday, April 13, officers responded to another malicious mischief incident at ABC Grocery, 22309 Seventh Ave. S. Subsequent exterior video surveillance displayed a white male wearing a dark colored coat with a gray stripe across the back. The damaged window was on the front of the store near the front doors. Estimated replacement cost of the double pane window is $1,000.

As the morning hours continued, officers responded to multiple reports for damaged windows to local business all within walking distance in the downtown area. Officers used video from the businesses to help identify the man.

Other businesses struck by rocks thrown through windows included Bank of America, 707 S. 227th St. and Allstar Sports Bar, 22303 Marine View Dr. S.

An employee from Anthony’s called police and advised multiple windows had been broken, according to court documents. The new damage consisted of a broken glass front door and two glass panels to include windows on the opposite side of the building. On the west side of the business there were three additional large panes of glass which had been smashed with a large rock.

The restaurant manager told police the windows on the west side were tinted and double-paned and very costly to repair. He estimated the replacement cost to be about $2,000 per window. Eight windows were broken.

The arrest

At about 11:37 a.m. April 13, a Des Moines Community Service officer advised via radio she had observed reportedly the same man seen in videos from the businesses seated at a computer terminal at the Des Moines Library, 21610 11th Ave. S., according to court documents.

The officer recognized the man from her duties as a community service officer. The man reportedly had some of the same clothing seen in the videos hanging on the computer partition, including black and white Nike gym shoes.

Police booked the man April 13 into the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, according to jail records.

Prosecutors argued at his initial court appearance April 14 that bail should be set at $15,000 because of the community safety concerns given the extensive damage caused, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The court found probable cause for malicious mischief and set bail at $1,000.

As of April 14, the man remained in the county jail.

“We anticipate receiving the necessary documents from Des Moines PD on Monday (April 17) for a formal charging decision,” according to Casey McNerthney, spokesperson for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The Kent News is not naming the man because he has not yet been formally charged. Court documents list his home address as a Post Office box number in Des Moines.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentnews.us.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://kentnews.us/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

t
Kent School District announces employees of the year for 2023-2024

Top teacher, principal, bus driver, coach, paraeducator, custodian and more

t
Medical examiner identifies second victim in fiery Kent car crash

Troy Thorp, 61, died in May 11 single-vehicle crash along South 272nd Street on West Hill

t
Kent man, 52, receives reduced sentence in Seattle fatal shooting

Pleads guilty to lesser charge of manslaughter after video of 2020 shooting indicates self-defense

t
Kent Police use drone, K-9 unit to capture assault suspect

Man had fled after fight with security guard at apartment complex along SE Kent-Kangley Road

Jail bars. File photo
Renton man convicted in 2018 Des Moines homicide

Jurors found 28-year-old Yourhighness Jeramiah Bolar of Renton guilty of two felony charges.

t
One of two victims identified in fiery Kent crash

Kristen Anne Meyers, 53, died in May 11 crash on West Hill, according to medical examiner

t
City-owned ShoWare Center in Kent loses $742,675 in 2023

Losses lower than projected but expenses continue to exceed revenue at 6,200-seat arena

t
Kent firefighters extinguish two fires on the same morning | Photos

Friday, May 17 at apartment leasing office in the Valley and at a vacant East Hill house

Courtesy Photo, City of Kent
City of Kent population drops by 1,051 in 2023 compared to 2022

Decline similar to many cities of 50,000 or more across the nation, according to U.S. Census Bureau

t
Kent Police Blotter: April 25 to May 8

Incidents include burglaries, robberies, shootings

t
Rape charges dismissed against former Kent school bus driver

Prosecutors decide they could not prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt due to medical tests

t
Feds indict 9 South King County residents on drug trafficking charges

Those accused from Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Enumclaw